How to compete with Google:
Simple Resource Discovery Systems for Libraries

November 13, 2008

Venue | Programme |


The idea for this workshop was sparked by a recent discussion on the 'lis-infoliteracy' list: is information literacy training essential for students to get the best out of their library resources or should we just be making our resource discovery systems easier to use? The debate will be summarised by one of its protagonists, Mark Hepworth of University of Loughborough. Maggie Fieldhouse will provide an insight into the information seeking behaviour of students and researchers. We will then look at some new 'one-stop shop' library products: Primo, Aquabrowser, ELIN and Encore, which are beginning to be introduced into HE libraries in the UK.

Event programme

9:30 a.m

Registration and coffee

10:00 a.m.

Introduction and welcome Linda Humphreys, Science Faculty Librarian, University of Bath

10.10 a.m.

Information seeking behaviour of students and researchers Maggie Fieldhouse, Lecturer, School of Library Archive and Information Studies, University College London
10:50 a.m. Is information literacy skills training really necessary? Mark Hepworth, Senior Lecturer, University of Loughborough

11:30 a.m.


11.50 a.m.

Narrow or Broadsearch? Introducing Ex Libris's Primo interface at UEA Library Sarah Elsegood, Arts and Humanities Faculty Librarian, University of East Anglia

12:30 p.m.

Encore at University of Glasgow Karen Stevenson, Library Management System Coordinator, University of Glasgow

1.10 p.m.


2.00 p.m.

JIBS user group AGM  

2.15 p.m.

JIBS database enhancement groups Sue Cumberpatch, University of York (Chair of JIBS user group)

2:30 p.m.

ELIN: Electronic Library Information Navigator

Demonstration Screenshots

Ian Mayfield, Associate University Librarian, University of Portsmouth and Linda Humphreys, Science Faculty Librarian, University of Bath

3.10 p.m.

Aquabrowser at University of Edinburgh Elize Rowan, Acquisitions and Metadata Services Manager and Morag Watson, Digital Library Development Manager University of Edinburgh

3:50 p.m.


4.15 p.m.



The Diskus Centre, Transport House, 128 Theobald's Road, London WC1X 8TN

Directions to Diskus Centre


The workshop is FREE to members of organisations that are JIBS members and 50 GBP to non members. To find out if your Institution is a member, please see the list on our web site.

elsegood-sDetails about Institutional membership can be found at JIBS membership allows staff to attend our regular events for free.


Enquiries about the seminar may be sent to email to Ian Mayfield or Linda Humphreys